Mechatronics Certification Tests

 Mechatronics Certification Tests are based on industry-developed standards and recognized by the U.S. Department of Labor. They are also recognized by the Manufacturing Institute's Skills Certification System, which is endorsed by the National Association of Manufacturing.

NOTE: These tests are taken online, and individuals earn a certification for each test they pass.

Mechatronics Certification Test - Mechanical Components 2

This certification exam builds upon the topics covered on the Mechanical Components 1 test by evaluating the candidate's mastery of the principles and application of more complex mechanical components such as clutches, brakes, gear boxes, transmissions, ball screws, and linear components. It also explores sealing, lubricants and automated lubrication, precision alignment and timing, vibration analysis, and the use of video to troubleshoot mechanical systems.

This certification is aimed at intermediate level technicians and technologists who may be involved in the assembly, test, startup, troubleshooting, maintenance, repair or upgrade of mechanically complex manufacturing machinery. Candidates should have gained the Industrial Mechanics 1 certification, or its equivalent, before taking this exam.

Mechatronics Certification Test - Industrial Electricity 1

This certificate covers basic safety practices for voltages up to 600 volts and knowledge of voltage, current and power in AC and DC circuits, circuit analysis of series and parallel loads, and basic understanding of resistors, capacitors, and inductors. It applies these fundamentals to simple applications that would be found in residential, light commercial and simple industrial use. Candidates should be able to interpret and troubleshoot circuits used for lighting, across the line 3 phase motor starting, and simple relay logic with devices such as control transformers, fuses & circuit breakers, pushbuttons & selector switches, pilot lights & alarm devices, solenoids, 3 phase motor starters, motor overloads, limit switches, and combinations of control relays to perform basic logic functions. Candidates should be familiar with simple wiring practices for using these devices and with component level troubleshooting of these devices.

A basic knowledge of industrial electricity is needed to understand the basic operation of all type of commercial and industrial equipment and to gain further knowledge of more complex packaging machines and systems.

This basic knowledge of industrial electricity would be expected of an entry level electrician working in facilities maintenance or assisting in the assembly, test, startup, troubleshooting, maintenance, repair or upgrade of basic packaging machinery modules.

Mechatronics Certification Test - Industrial Electricity 2

The Industrial Electricity 2 certificate builds upon the Industrial Electricity 1 certificate. Candidates should understand more complex motor starting circuits such as jogging, hand-off-automatic, reversing, and reduced voltage starting. They should be familiar with time-based, count-based and sequential control of multiple output loads utilizing control relay logic and automatic input devices such as limit, flow and pressure switches to provide feedback. They should understand basic electro-fluid power circuits where relay logic is used to operate devices such as pneumatic or hydraulic cylinders through electrically piloted directional control valves. Basic understanding of the various types of electronic sensors, timers and counters used in industrial control is required. Candidates should be familiar with the sizing and installation of various types of electrical conductors and raceways used in or around industrial machinery and should be able to properly wire an industrial control panel. Finally, candidates should understand basic troubleshooting techniques and practices, not only for the individual components but also for systems of components.

This advanced knowledge of industrial electricity and control systems is needed to understand the complex operations of machines and systems that might be used for an electro-mechanical packaging line.

Mechatronics Certification Test - Fluid Power 1

This certificate covers the function, operation, and application of common components used in fluid power circuits and systems. It also assesses the understanding of how fluid power components and accessories are placed together to create circuits and systems for powering industrial machines.  The major emphasis is on pneumatics with a lesser emphasis on hydraulics and vacuum systems.  Electro-fluid power troubleshooting is emphasized. Topics include: Circuits and logic, compressors and conditioners, connectors, directional control valves, electro-fluid power, filters, fittings, flow control & relief valves, gages and instruments, hoses, lubricators, metal tubing, motors, pressure sequence valves, pump and reservoir, regulators, safety, theory, threaded pipe, troubleshooting & testing, an vacuum.
  
This certificate test is intended for entry-level mechanics, technicians and technologists who will be involved in the application, installation, modification or troubleshooting of Fluid Power systems.

Mechatronics Certification Test - Programmable Logic Controllers (PLCs) 2

This test covers advanced principles and applications of programmable logic controllers (PLCs).   Among the advanced topics are PLC real time considerations, various levels of PLC networking, alternate programming languages for PLCs, international standards applied to PLCs, integration of logic and motion control in PLCs, integration of process control in PLCs, advanced human / machine interface (HMI) for PLCs, supervisory control and data acquisition (SCADA) with PLCs, alarm management, batch control, power failure strategies, and process safety.

This certification test is aimed at entry level technicians who may be involved in the assembly, test, startup, troubleshooting, maintenance, repair or upgrade of basic packaging machinery modules.

Mechatronics Certification Test - Programmable Logic Controllers (PLCs) 1

This certificate covers the principles and applications of different types of logic and programming used to control packaging machinery and systems. Topics include hardware and software composition of control systems, input/output interfacing, basic logic commands and common programming instructions. There is additional emphasis on common program tasks, and troubleshooting PLC  based systems.

Knowledge of relay logic, ladder programming and input/output devices is needed to understand and maintain all types of common packaging equipment.

This certificate is aimed at entry level technicians who may be involved in the assembly, test, start up, troubleshooting, maintenance, repair or upgrade of basic packaging machinery modules.

Mechatronics Certification Test - Motor and Motor Controls

This certificate exam evaluates the candidate's mastery of the principles, application, troubleshooting and maintenance of rotating electrical motors and electronic motor drives as used in packaging, processing and other manufacturing environments.  Topics include motor and drive safety practices;  characteristics of 3-phase power systems; speed, torque and efficiency characteristics of various types of single and three phase AC motors and various types of DC motors;  AC and DC motor nameplate specifications; means of  starting and braking motors;  DC electronic drives and AC variable frequency and pulse width modulated electronic drives.  This exam does not include stepping and servo motors and their controls which would be used in robotic and motion control systems.

 AC and DC electric motors are very commonly applied in virtually all industrial operations including packaging equipment, machine tools, and processing equipment; and control of speed, torque and other parameters is growing in use, resulting in more complex motor drive systems.

This certificate is aimed at intermediate-level trades, technicians and technologists who will assemble, install, startup, troubleshoot, modify or repair machines or processes utilizing electric motors that require more than simple across-the-line starting. It is expected that those sitting for this exam will have passed Industrial Electricity 1 and Industrial Electricity 2 or have equivalent knowledge and experience. 

Mechatronics Certification Test - Mechanical Components 1

This certificate covers the principles and applications of the most commonly found mechanical drive components as used in packaging machinery and systems. Topics include simple mechanical power transmission devices such as shafts, belts, chains, cams and gears with an emphasis on application and troubleshooting. 

An understanding of simple mechanical components provides the background necessary to explore more complex systems of components used on all types of packaging equipment. 

This certificate is aimed at entry level technicians who may be involved in the assembly, test, startup, troubleshooting, maintenance, repair or upgrade of basic packaging machinery modules.

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